Friday, May 6, 2016

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich on Challenges Facing the Church

The Archdiocese of Chicago is taking the temperature of parishioners – and facing a future with fewer churches.

As part of a program called Renew My Church, parishioners were recently asked to fill out a wide-ranging survey on their spiritual life.

Amid major ongoing financial pressures, the Archdiocese is looking at how it can restructure and revitalize the Catholic Church in Chicago. Leading that charge is Archbishop Blase Cupich. He joined host Phil Ponce to discuss the Chicago Catholic Church's money woes, as well as Pope Francis and social issues in the church.

After a large coalition of social service agencies filed a lawsuit against Gov. Bruce Rauner and state agencies on Wednesday seeking funding, Cupich told host Phil Ponce that Catholic Charities isn’t on that list yet because it sees a lawsuit as a last resort.

“We’re going to continue to advocate on their behalf and work with the elected officials,” Cupich said.

The state currently owes Catholic Charities over $30 million, he said.
continue at WTTW

I listened, 30,000 people participated in the survey.  Would be interesting to see what the results are.

I thought he was a good interviewee.

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